Autumn is a great time of year for lots of festivals, conferences, and the like. The air is crisp, the pumpkins aplenty, and the environmentalists abound. On a sunny and chilly Saturday (perfect fall weather, if you ask me!), I recently attended the Allegheny County Green Innovation Festival in beautiful Hartwood Acres. I learned all about the many environmentally-friendly and sustainable orgs/movements trying to improve my community…
check out the chicken coop in the background!
Haven’t you always wanted a chicken coop in your backyard?! Did you know that chickens have personalities like any pets, and they will produce much fresher, healthier and better tasting eggs than you can ever buy in the store? Oh yes, my friends. I know you want a chicken coop now! P.S. Their poop is great as a natural fertilizer
Solar panel hard at work
I was also involved in the festival’s “sustainable food challenge” that my school got to judge! It was very cool to see some food vendors in our community trying to source their ingredients more locally or ethically, consider reusable utensils (or none at all…I saw stuffed grape leaves on skewers!), and incorporate as many sustainable practices into their business as they can.
My favorite local food vendor (who also sources local ingredients) - The Franktuary
My 2nd fave vendor - (future) fair trade ice cream!
There are still a few weeks left of decent weather, so check out your local festivals today! There’s so much to learn about going greeeeeeen. Speaking of that, GO GREEN! GO WHITE!